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Medal - Transvaal War Relief of Mafeking, Australia, 1900 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20891

Relief of Mafeking, 16th may 1900 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Baden Powell
Other Details: Mafikeng is the capital of the North West administrative province (formerly British Bechuanaland), South Africa, 870 miles north-east of Cape Town It is built on the open veldt by the banks of the Upper Molopo. Mafikeng was originally the headquarters of the Barolong tribe of Bechuana. In the 1880s a Barolong chief granted land to British mercenaries, who founded a settlement named Mafikeng, a local Tswana word meaning 'place of stones' (later British settlers spelt the name as Mafeking). On the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in 1899 Mafeking was laid siege by the Boers. The commander of the garrison was Colonel, later Lord, Baden-Powell, who defeated an attack by the Boers just before the arrival of British reinforcements. He used his practical scouting skills to great advantage during the seige, organising men into groups, using survival skills and rewarding successes. The siege and relief of the town after 217 days excited sympathy in England, and when it was relieved exuberant rejoicings, called mafficking, erupted in London on the news. Baden-Powell became a hero, and on his return to England founded the Scouting Movement.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.05 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: boer war 1899-1902, british transvaal war 1899-1900, scouting movement, wars conflicts, siege of mafeking 1899-1900, 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, Colonel & Scouting Founder (1857-1941), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1900 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Baden Powell facing on left, COLNEL / BADEN- / POWELL
Reverse Description: At centre within circle of beads, AND / BADEN- / POWELL / THE HERO / WHO KEPT THE / FLAG FLYING / FOR / 209 DAYS; around, RELIEF OF MEFEKING * 16TH. MAY 1900
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
Shape: round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1900
Person Depicted: Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, 1900
References: Car. 1900/7


jill Posted on 17 Apr 2010 9:36 AM
Our Guide Archive in Brisbane has one of these. I am interested to know why it was issued,please.Thank you, Jill
Discovery Centre Posted on 04 May 2010 9:41 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jill. The medal seems to have been issued shortly after the relief of Mafeking, when there was considerable jubilation throughout the Empire. It was minted by Stokes, a Melbourne firm, but who instigated the production of the medal is unclear. More information about Baden Powell and Mafeking can be found at His experiences at Mafeking influenced him in the development of the Boy Scout movement and information about this is at
Elaine Walton Posted on 03 Jun 2010 11:39 AM
I recently came across one of these medallions, do you know how much they are valued at?
Elaine Walton Posted on 03 Jun 2010 11:52 AM
I know you dont value medallions but I am having difficulty finding out about a medallion I have.It is exactly the same as the one in the picture above. The company that made them dont even have a record! Do you know where I can get it valued?
Discovery Centre Posted on 03 Jun 2010 12:29 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Elaine. All the information that we have on these medals can be found above in our answer to Jill. Stokes & Sons don't actually exist anymore but it's possible that Scouts Australia may have some information. Alternatively if you have the piece valued, the valuer should have some knowledge of the piece. For advice on obtaining a valuation see our Question of the Week:
Peter Davis Posted on 17 Apr 2011 12:03 PM
Re NU 20891 Baden-Powell medial. I have a similar item, same obverse but with slightly different text on the reverse: AND / BADEN- / POWELL / THE HERO / WHO KEPT THE / FLAG FLYING / FOR OVER / 215 DAYS; around, RELIEF OF MEFEKING * MAY 1900

I am happy to provide it to the museum if you are interrested. Not in best condition.
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 Apr 2011 3:13 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Peter, donation offers can be made through our Ask the Experts Donations page

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